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Windows 7 tips and tweaks

Add extra details to Programs and Features

If you want to uninstall a program in Windows or just check what is installed, you can go to Programs and Features in the Control Panel. Click Start, Control Panel and then Uninstall a program if category view is selected or click Programs and Features if either large or small icons views are selected. It looks pretty straightforward and you can see the program, publisher, when it was installed, its size and so on. You may not have realised it, but a lot more information is available about each item and by default most of it is hidden. Here's how to make it visible. It can be quite useful.

Click the little arrow next to the icon at the right of the menu bar (the one that says Organize, Uninstall), and make sure that Details is listed. Now right click the Name heading above the list of programs and select More... You will see a long list of items such as name, publisher, comments, contact, and so on. Just tick the boxes for the ones that you want to see. You might find Support links and Support telephone useful.

When this dialog is closed, all the selected details are displayed, but you might need to use the scroll bar at the bottom of the window to see them all.

Another interesting thing that you can do with Programs and Features is access the hidden menus. Press the Alt key and the hidden menu bar is displayed. Go to the View menu and then to the Sort by... and Group by... submenus. There are some useful options there that enable you to sort and group the software in the Programs and Features list. For example, you could group by publisher to see all the programs from a particular publisher, such as Microsoft. You could group by date installed and the programs are put in groups like last week, earlier this month, earlier this year, and a long time ago.


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